If you are like us you love your fur-friend. In fact, sometimes I consider my dog my best friend. As lawn care experts, however, we also love our lawns and want to see them at their best too. How then, do pet lovers care for Fido while also caring for their lawn? Here are some ideas on both keeping your pets safe as well as ways to keep your lawn from being harmed by man’s best friend.
Protect Your Lawn –
No one likes to see round brown spots from urine, holes from a digging episode, or high traffic marks from where their pet ran feverishly back and forth after a squirrel. Try these simple suggestions to protect your lawn from pet damage.
- Talk to your vet about your dog’s urine. Ask about the nitrogen content (which, in high levels, is what kills grass) and whether there are any solutions that can dilute the high concentration in your dog’s pee.
- Create a doggy waste area where you train your pet to relieve him/herself. Many homeowners find it helpful to create a segment of their property for their pet and cover it in mulch. After training your dog to go to the bathroom in a certain area, a benefit is no more brown spots and you will have a pretty good idea where to clean up after.
- Use water as a diluter to the nitrogen in your dog’s urine. If your pet does “go” on the lawn, spray it down when you can with water to cut back on the nitrogen concentration.
- Scoop the poop as soon as possible after nature calls. That may mean a daily walk around your yard to keep it from killing your tender grass.
Protect Your Pet –
Dogs, like humans, can get sick from chemicals, especially since their snouts are sniffing them while outside. Here are some tips to keep your dog safe.
- Keep your pooch off the lawn after you fertilize or apply any pest control substance. Go for a walk or take him/her to a dog park to minimize the exposure. Check the packaging for directions when applying any weed or insect control; most recommend keeping pets off the lawn after application for a certain period of time.
- Sweep up or clean up any product you have used on your lawn that gets on walkways, stairs, or hardscapes. Dogs have a tendency to taste first and ask questions later so don’t leave a pile of fertilizer on your walkway and expect your pup not to lick it up.
- Store chemicals safely. If you keep your lawn care products around your property be sure they are sealed so that your pet does not accidentally ingest them.
Have questions about how to solve pet damage on your lawn or how to help keep your pup safe? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.